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Here you can find any of my Medium articles at a glance. I’ve divided the series into categories and tried to order them logically, beginning each category with more general or primary writings or with ones that explore the historical background to the problems at issue. …

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If you walk into the philosophy section of a bookstore, chances are you’ll be struck by the number of books on Stoicism you’ll find on the shelves.

Search the internet for “Stoicism and self-help” and you’re met with four million web pages (some of which are quite critical of the…

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If you ask Christians how their religion relates historically to all the others, they’re liable to say that Christianity is the only religion that deals with facts rather than myths.

Christianity is literally true, they say, because the key Christian events happened two thousand years ago in Judea, as a…

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To adopt a line from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008), Jordan Peterson is the guru we deserve (because of our flaws), whereas John Vervaeke is closer to the guru we need.

But even Vervaeke’s take on life is problematic.

If you’re unfamiliar with those two figures from Toronto’s cognitive…

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Early modern economists resorted to rational choice theory in their analyses of capitalism, to make their models tractable and as scientific as possible.

They assumed, for example, that economic transactions are based on calculations that maximize utility, but that competitions ensue because resources are scarcer than we would prefer. When…

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In our age of scientific progress, philosophical skepticism, and secular humanism, it’s become commonplace to assume that the objective world is perfectly amoral. Nothing in nature is inherently valuable. Our value judgments are subjective and meaningful only within a social context.

The skeptical philosopher David Hume pushed this line of…

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Imagine that Christianity lasts for another thousand years and that after the flourishing of the story of Jesus’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension for those three millennia, another religion replaces Christianity but only by adapting the key themes and presuppositions of that former religion to a post-Christian social context.


Benjamin Cain

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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